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CMS Finds Hospital Quality Improvement in 2015 Impact Report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, which outlines hospitals’ performance and improvements on federal quality measures. The report concludes that clear progress has been made in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the triple aim of better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Among the report’s key findings, CMS found 95 percent of publicly reported measures showed improvement, with 35 percent classified as high performing. CMS also found that racial and ethnic disparities in publicly reported measures declined during the study period. CMS estimates that 7,000 to 10,000 lives were saved between 2006 and 2012 because of providers’ improved performance on inpatient hospital heart failure process measures, and 4,000 to 7,000 infections were averted through improved performance on inpatient hospital surgical process measures. CMS also found that the improvements in quality performance extend beyond the Medicare population, an example of the public-private collaboration that CMS hopes to expand. CMS will use the report’s findings to refine future quality measurement strategies.